Ep. 95: Spiritual Impulses, the Ecological Self & a Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom (feat. Dr. Andy Letcher)

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Today on the Mushroom Hour Podcast we have the distinct privilege of being joined by Dr. Andy Letcher. Dr. Letcher is a writer, performer and scholar of religion who began life as an ecologist, completing his D.Phil in Ecology at Oxford University. After a spell as an environmental activist during the 90s, especially during the anti-roads protests, he moved across to the humanities, completing a PhD at King Alfred’s College Winchester. He is an expert on contemporary alternative spiritualities, especially modern Paganism, neo-shamanism and psychedelic spiritualities. He is especially interested in the tangled and sometimes tortuous relationship between science and spirituality, and in so-called dark green religion. He has written papers on: the distribution of mammals across continents; fairies; mysticism; and psychedelic spirituality. Andy is also the author of the comprehensive work “Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom” that examines enthnomycological research, legends and myths surrounding humanity’s relationship with psychoactive fungi.
TOPICS COVERED:

  • Ecologies, Environmentalism and Cries to the Moon
  • What is Spirituality?
  • Sensory and Cultural Inputs Birthing Religious Traditions
  • Defining the Self
  • Exploring “Semi-Permeable Self”, “Ecological Self”, “Community Self”
  • Consciousness Fields, Panpsychism & Animism
  • Symbiosis and Sympoiesis
  • Are Psilocybe Mushrooms Guiding Human Culture?
  • Are Psychedelics Going to Save Us from Ourselves?
  • What does a Psychedelic-Informed and Ecologically Self-Aware Society Look Like?
  • How Large a Role did Psychedelics Really Play in Ancient Cultures, Religions, Rites and Secret Societies?
  • Are We Part of the Most Psychedelic and Mycologically Inspired Culture Ever?
  • We are the Mushroom People
  • Psychedelics in Druidry and Other Future Research

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